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Birmingham, Alabama 

Tennessee River Missionary 
Baptist Association 

v. 1. 1890 

v. 2. 1891 


v. 4. 1893 

v. 5. 1895 

v. 6. 1897 

v. 7. 1898 

v. 8: 1899 

v.9: 1900 




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-^Tennessee * River * Association 

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sMissie^apy Baptists, 
i Held With Cave Spring Church 

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I Cave Spring, Jackson County, Alabama. 

October, 23, 24, 25 and 26, 1891. 

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| P. BROWN, Moderator, . - . . Hollywood, Ala, 

j L. C. COULSON, Clerk. - •- Scotteboro, Ala. 

MILTON ROACH, Treaueer, - - ■ - . Faekler Ala. 


Executive Board. 

JOHN J. BEESON Chairman. .... Pissah Ala 
PRESTON BROWN, ..... Hollywood,' Ala! 
HENRY H. HORTON, ..... Bridgeport, Ala. 

CHARLES B. ROACH, Faekler, Ala. 

CRAWFORD HOWELL, .... H olly Tree, Ala. 

SAMUEL BUTLER, ... . Larkin's Fork, Ala. 

The next Association meets with Bethel Church, (three miles from railroad tta- 
tion Faekler. Ala,), on Friday before the Fourth Sundya in October, <8 9 a. 

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Order of Business. 

Friday, Oct. 21, 1892 

1. Am aal Sermon. 

2. Car to Order. 

3. Read Letters and note names of Delegates. 

4. Election of Officers ;, Moderator, Clerk and Treasurer. 

5. Pet! tionary Letters. * ' 

6. Inv '• Correspondents and Visitors to Seats. 

7. Ap ointment of Special Committees. 

J Religious Services. 
Tl Obituaries. 
ITI Periodicals. 
IV Finance. 

V Appointment of new Board. 
Vi Appointment of Standing Committees for next year. 

Saturday, Oct. 22. 

8. Select place of next meeting. 

9. Sel. t Brother to preach Annual Serman and Alternate. 
10. Cal for Report of Standing Committees in their order. 

I. '."sociational Letters — L. C. Coulson. 
II. asociational Missions — C.B. Roach, J. W. Hudson and J. J. 

Beeson. . 

III. State Missions— Virgil Bouldin, Mike Hill and Crawford 

IV. ^ome Missions-J.M. Green, E. P. Cowart and John W. Roach. 
V. Foreign Missions^-Cat Smith. W. R. Ivey and L. C. Coulson. 
VI. Ministerial Education— J. M. Green, W. H. Beeson and C. 
T. Starkey. 

VII. finisterial Relief— C, T. Starkey, J. J. Beeson and R. Howell. 

VIII. Temperance — G. P. Bouldin, Sam. Butler and J. "W. Hudson. 
IX. Sunday School Work— J. J. Beeson, G. A. Beard and W. T. 

X. ^omens' "Work— Mesdames J. M. Green, P. C. Coulson 

Helen Roach and Cat Smith. 
XI. )enomi national Education — Virgil Bouldin, C. B. Roach 
W. R. Ivev. 
XII. Mission Work— W.R. Ivey, L.C. Coulson and Virgil Boul- 
XIII. On Queries— C. B. Roach, J. J. Beeson and Mike Hill. 

NOT*. '..*- order of the Association the Chairman of each Commute will open the 
discoMioi on the subject of the i-eport. CLERK. 


Friday, Oct. 23,*891. 
The Messengers from the churches composing the Tennessee 
River Association of Missionary Baptists, met with Cave Spring 
Church, Jackson county, Alabama, on Friday, the 23d day of Octo- 
ber 1891 and held its thirtv-fourth Annual Meeting at 11 o'clock, 
a. m. The people called together by singing No. 421 Baptist Psalm- 

"There is a fountain filled with blood, 

Drawnifrom Iramauuel's veins; 
And sinners' plunged beneath that flood, 

Lose all their guilty stains." 

W. R. Ivey then read John xix 1-22. 
Then Pilate, therefore, took Jesus and scourged him. 

After reading two verses of this chapter prayer was lead by b. M. 
Gupton, of South Pittsburg, Tenn. Song No. 193, Gospel Hymns. 

"Jesus lover of ray soul. 

Let roe to thy bosom fly; 
While the nearer waters roll, 

While the tempest still is high; 
Hide me, Oh, my Savior, hide. 
Till the" storm of life is past; 
Safe into thy haven guide, 
\ Oh, receive my soul at last." 

W R Ivey preached the Introductory Sermon from John xix, 14, 
using the last clause as a text : "Behold your King." The whole 
verse read : "And it was the preparation of the Passover, and it 
was about the sixth hour; and he saith unto the Jews, "Behold your 


The sermon suggested some thoughts worth preserving, in "letters 

First— The Jews thirsting for the blood of Christ, would not be 
satisfied with anvthing short of his crucifixion, and Pilate, wishing 
in some measure to wash his hands of the blood of this innocent 
man, not understanding the import of his words, said to those clam- 
orous people, "Behold your King." Pilate had no thought that he 
then gave utterance to a truth that would ring through the ages, and 
give inspiration to the millions to come after. 

Second— Another golden thought that ought to be set in pictures 
of silver, was presented : God turning away from Christ, and the 
Sou clinging to the Father in the darkenes of the darkest hour, thus 
emphasising the duty of the child of God to cling to Him through 
Christ in all the dark places in life. 

Third— Like Christ in the agony, the sinner must, before saved, 
realize his loneliness and helplessness in his lost condition, and in 
that condition call to God through Christ, thus clinging to the great 

ye that are weary and heavy laden 


promise, "Come unto me all 
and I will give^you rest." 

At the close of the sermon, prayer led by J. L. Thompson, pastor 
of Enon Baptist Church, Huntsville Alabama. 

P. Brown, Moderator, after,an intermission of fifteen minutes, Call- 
ed the Association to order, jand joined in singing No. 331, Baptist 
1 sill mist. 

Father of mercies, condescend 

To hear our fervent prayer, 
While these our brethren we commend 

To thy paternal care. 

Prayer was then offered by Crawford Howell. Brothers C. B. Roach 
and J. J. Beeson were appointed by the Moderator to read church 
letters. Church letters read, and delegates names recorded as foil ws : 
1. Antioch — A. T. Womach. 

Beech Grove— &. J. D Kennedy.. 
Bethel — J. E. Ilammons and James Mathews. 
Cave Springs— Isaac Matthews, A. Smith and Leroy Rash. 
Centenial — E. J. Carlile and W. M. Chandler. 
Charity — J. B. Money. 
Cumberland Mountain — John Sanders. 

Center Point— J. P. McLendon, J. A. Dicus and W O. Thorp. 
9. Ebenezer — No letters or delegates. 

10. Freedom — Samuel'Butler and R. P Muse. 

11. Friendship — M. Roach, Judson Barber and T. B. Carlton. 

12. Gurleys — Jonathan Beeson and W. H. Beeson. 

13. Hale's Cove — Letter but no delegate. 

14. Harmony — W. B. Campbell and 8. S. Proctor. 

15. Jone's Cove — Not represented. 

16. Larkinsville—W. P. Culver and W. L. Stephens. 

17. ML Nebo — J.J. Cunningham and R C. Horton. 

18. Mt.Zion— W.J. Wigington and C W. Morris. 

19. ML Bisgah — John Ellis, Bell Bradford, B. F. Echols and G. 
W. Ambrester. 

20. ML Ararat — Letters, no delegates. 

21. ML Tabor— .1. W. S.Leak and T. F. Gibson. 

22. McCoy's Grove — Letter, and money returned as ordered by 
the Association. 

23. Mountain Grove — No letters or delegates. 

24. New Hope — Eli Vincent and R. Deavers. 

25. Scottsboro— Virgil Bouldin. 
Trenton — No letter or delegate. 
Union — No letter or delegate. 
Union Grove — No letter or delegate. 
Macedonia — No letters or delegate. 
Tunnel Hill — Letter, no delegates. 

Roll of Ministerial Delegates called when the following answered to 
their names and were enrolled : Preston Brown, J. J. Beeson, L. C. 
Coulson, D. S. Collins, Crawford Howell, J. L. Knight, J. L. Langs- 
ton, Ralph Howell, S. M. Hustings, C. B. Roach, and L, W. Woodall. 
Total 49. 

On reading the letters from the churches, when McCoy's Grove 



was reached, the regular order of business was suspended for the 
purpose of allowing C. B. Roach to offer the following resolution. 

Resolved, That the clerk of the association be, and he hereby is, 
directed to return the letter and money sent by McCoy's Grove 
Church, because that church has called to its pastorate a man who is 
known to this body to be unfit to fill any Baptist pulpit, which was 
emphasized by the action of this body two years ago by excluding 
him from the body, as shown by the proceedings of this association 
in 1889, when convened with Beech Grove Church, which, on motion 
of C. B. Roach, supported by C. Howell, was adopted. The.aBSOcia+ 
tion theil returned to the regular order of business which was the 
election of clerk, moderator and treasurer. On motion of J. J. 
Beeson, supported by C. Howell, the association proceeded to elect 
moderator and clerk by ballot, and Brethren 8. M. Gupton and J. L. 
Thompson were appointed to collect and count the ballots for mod- 
erator and clerk, and announce the result. The tellers announced 
the re-election Of P. Brown, moderator, and L, C. Coulson, clerk.' 
On motion of the clerk, supported by J. J. Beeson, Milton Roacfi 
wasby acclamation re-elected treasurer. 

Call for petitionary letters, when Harris Chapel presented a let- 
ter by L. J. Langston, which was read, and on motion of J. J. Beeson, 
supported by W. R. Ivey, was received, adopted, and the hand of 
fellowship extended to the delegate, L. J. Langston, by the modera- 
tor. On motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by D. S. Collins, visiting 
brethren were invited to seats with the body, and the following 
were recognized : S. O. Howard, Cherokee Association ; R. L. Taylor 
and J. L. Thompson, North Liberty Association. Brother Thomp- 
son also represented the Ministerial Board of Education for Howard 
College, and S. M. Gupton, Ocoee Association, of Tennessee. The 
moderator appointed the following special committees : 

On Religious Services — D. 8. Collins, Pastor, and the Deacon of 
Cave Spring Church, 

On Obituaries— Crawford Howell, J. E. Hammons and W. J. Wig- 

On Finance — A. P. Womack, J. A. Dicus and R, C. Horton. 

On Periodicals— W. R. Ivev, W. B. Campbell and W. P. Culver, 

New Board — J. J. Beeson, P. Brown, H. H. Horton, C. B. Roach, 
C. Howell and Sam. Butler. 

Standing Committees Foe 1891 r 2. 

1. On Church Letters — L. C. Coulson. 

2. Associational Mission— C. B. Roach, J. W. Hudson and J. J. 
Beeson. * 

3. State Missons— Virgil Bouldin, Mike Hill and Crawford Howell. 

4. Home Missions — John H. Roach, E. P. Cowart and J. M. Green. 

5. Foreign Mission*— Cat Smith, L. C. Coulson and W. R. Ivey. 

6. Ministerial Education— J. M. Green, W. H. Beeson and C. T. 

7. Ministerial Relief— C. T. Starkey, J. J. Beeson and Ralph 

8. Temperance — G. P. Bouldin, Sam. Butler and J. W. Hudson. 


9. Sunday School Work— J. J. Beeson, G. A. Beard and W. T. 

10. Women's Work— Mesdaraes J. M. Green, P. C. Coal son, Thula . 
Roach and Cat Smith. 

On motion of W. R. Ivey, supported by Milton Roach, the associ- 
ation adjourned until Saturday morningS o'clock. 

Preaching announced as follows: For Friday night, at Cave- 
Spring Church, S M. Gupton followed by L. C. Coulson,and at Pleas- 
ant Springs, Mike Hill followed by W. R. Ivev. Benediction by 
J. L. Thompson. 

Saturday, Oct. 24, 1891. 
The association met at 8 o'clock a. m. Praver by S. M. Gupton. 
On motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by C. B. Roach, Bethel Church 
was, by the association selected by acclamation, as the place for the 
next meeting to be held on Friday before the fourth Sundav in 
October, 1892. On motion of Crawford Howell, supported by R. C. 
Horton, the association proceeded to ballot for a brother to "preach 
the introductory sermon, and his alternate. Brothers Thompson 
and Gupton were requested to act as tellers, and receive and count 
the vote, and they reported that J. J. Beeson was elected to preach 
the introductory sermon, and Crawford Howell his alternate. 


Report on church letters read, and on motion of C. B. Roach, sup- 
ported by A. P. Womack, was adopted. See appendix A. 

Association Mission— Report of Thomas Davis read by clerk 
Discussed by W. R. Ivey, S. M. Gupton Thompson and L. C. Coul- 
son. Then on motion of D. S. Collins, supported by W. R Ivey 
adopted. See appendix B. ' 

Report on State Missions called*for and submitted by J. J. Beeson 
and discussed by Virgil Bouldin, P. Brown. S. M. Gupton, Thompson' 
W. R. Ivey and J. J. Beeson, and on motion of L, C. Coulson, sup- 
ported by E. J. Carlile, adopted. See appendix C. 

Report on Home Missions, submitted by W. R. Ivev, discussed bv 
S. M. Gupton, J. L. Thompson, L. C. Coulson and J. J. Beeson, and 
on motion of C. B. Roach, supported by J. J. Beeson, adopied. 
See appendix D. 

Report on Foreign Missions read by C. B. Roach^and discussed by 
J. L. Thompson, S. M. Gupton, L. C. Coulson and J. J. Beeson, and 
on motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by W. R. Ivey, adopted. See 
appendix E. 

The report on Ministerial Relief was not prepared when called for, 
and time having been given, when again called for it had not 
been prepared. On motion of C. B. Roach, supported by C. Howell, 
a report was dispensed with. 

The report on temperence was read by Milton Roach, discussed bv 
S. M. Gupton, Virgil Bouldin, L. C. Coulson, J, J. Beeson and R. 
Devors, and on motion of W. R. Ivey, supported bv L. J. Lan^ton, 
adopted with the resolution, unanimouslv. See appendix F. 

The following resolution was offered by L. C. Coulson and adopted. 

Resolved, That the moderator appoint a committee on college 

work of the association and that VirgH Bouidi-n, W. R. Ivey and C. 
B. Roach compose said committee, to report at 3 :30 o'clock p, ra., 
October, 24, 1891 ; and that said report be the special order of that 
hour. On motion of J. J. Beeson, Supported by C. Howell, the 
special order for 3:30 p. m., Oct. 24, was changed to 9 o'clock 
Sunday morning. 

On motion of A. P. Womank, supported T. B. Carlton, adjourned until 9 
o'clock, a. m. Sunday. Benediction by C. Howell. 

SUNDAY, OCT. 25, 1891. 

Nine o'clock, a. m., the association called to order by the moderator, and the 
opening prayer led by C B. Roach. 

This being the hour specially appointed for the report of college work, 
Virgil Bouldin read the report and submitted it. The report was discussed by 
Virgil Bouldin, W. R. Ivey and J. J. Beeson, and on motion of L. C Coulson, 
supported by C. B. Roach, was adopted. Appendix G. 

The following resolutions offered by P. Brown were adopped. 

1. Resolved, That this association is under deep and lasting obligations 
to W. R- Ivey for the sacrifice he has made, and for the vast amount of labor and 
energy he has undergone in securing for this body the Scottsboro College with 
all its appurtenances, the present valuation of which is not less than twenty 
thousand dollars. 

2. -That we congratulate Brother Ivey and the Board of Trusteees of said 
college, in securing the services ot a faculty not sprpassed by that of any col- 
lege in the state, and fully competent to make the school a success in all its de- 

3. That the thanks of this body are due, and hereby tendered, all those 
whoso generously contributed of their means, and otherwise assisted Brother 
Ivey in the consummation of his noble purpose. 

4. That we as a body pledge ourselves tio co-operate with Brother Ivey and 
the Board of Trustees and will do all we can to sustain said college and main- 
tain the grand opening of September, 1, 1891. 

On motion of W. R. Ivey supported by M. Roach, association adjourned 
until 3 o'clock Sunday. 

Preaching at 11 o'clock a.m., by C Howell, at the chinch, and by J. J. 
Beeson, in the grove, assisted by W. R Ivey. The brethren failed to furnish 
the clerk with scripture -text, hence not given. 

• Sunday, 3 o'clock p. m., association called to order. Report on ministerial 
education called for, and a report prepared by the clerk in absence of a report 
of the comm'ttee appointed last year, read by the clerk, and discussed by C. 
Howell, J. J. Beeson, Mike Hill and others, on motion of Virgil Bouldin, 
supported by E. J. Carl ile adopted. Appendix H. 

In connection with this report the following resolution was offered by 
VLgil Bouldin, and adopted. • • 

Resolved, That this body do now raise by voluntary contribution and 
pledges the sum of one hundred dollars for the cause of ministerial education 
and placed the same in the hands of W. R. Ivey, to be disposed of .by him 
for the beneCt of ministerial students. 

In compliance with the above resolution the following was collected 
and pledges taken. 

Mike Hill, $ 2 00 

L. C. Coulson, 3 00 

Friendship Church, by Samuel Butler, 5 00 

Mt. Tabor Church, by T. F. Gibson, 5 00 

Scottsboro Church, by Virgil Bouldin, 10 00 

Larkinsville Church, by W. L. Stephens 2 60 

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J- A. Dicus, 1 00 

P. Brown, .'.'*. 2 00 

E. J. D. Kennedy, 1 Q0 

J. P. McLendon 2 00 

R. C Horton, 2 00 

T. B. Carlton,. ......... 1 00 

Milton Roach, 5 00 

David Pigue, .....I... 1 00 

C. W. Morris, .. . 1 00 

J. J. Beeson, j 7 75 


Mrs. P. C. Coulson, , 5 00 

W. B. Campbell, 25 00 

Jno. Ellis,. . . . : * j 00 

A. P. Wamack, 25 

C Howell, 50 

Judson Barber, 1 00 

F.D.Hunt, .'..; TOO 

Virgil Bouldin, 5 00 

Total $100 00 

On motion of C. B. Roach, supported bv R. C. Horton, adjourned until 8 
o'clock Monday morning. Preaching Sunday night at Cave Spring Church, 
by P. Brown. 

MONDAY, OCT. 26, 1891. 

Monday morning, 8 o'clock, association met according to adjourn- 
ment. Prayer by L. W. Woodall. Report on Sunday School work read by 
the clerk in the absence of the chairman of the committee. Discussed by L. C. 
Conlson, L. W. Woodall and others. On motion of Milton Roach, supported 
by D. S. Collins, adopted. Appendix I. 

' Report on women's work read by the clerk, and discussed by him, and then 
on motion of D. S. Collins, supported by C. B. Roach, adopted*. Appendix J. 

Report on finance read by A. P. Womack, and on motion of C. B. Roach, 
supported by Ralph Howell, adopted. Appendix K. 

Report on periodicals read by chairman W. R. Ivey, and on motion of 
Milton Roach, supported by Virgil Bouldin, adopted. Appendix L. 

Report on obituaries read by 0. Howell, chairman, and on motion of Virgil 
Bouldin, supported by A. P. Womack. Appendix M. • 

Treasurers report read, and on motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by D. 8. 
Colling, adopted. Appendix N. 

P. Brown and C. fi. Roach submitted verbal reports of work done by them 
in destitution, and J. J. Beeson, chairman of the executive board submitted a 
verbal report; all of which was accepted. (It would be much better to have 
written reports, and it is hoped that we will have written reports next year). 


W. R. Ivey was, by the Association, selected as a delegate to the Southern 
Baptist Convention, which meets in Atlanta. Ga., May o, 1892. 

W. R. Ivey was also elected as a delegate to represent the Association in the 
Alabama Baptist State Convention, which meets November 5, 1891. 


On motion of L. C. Coulson, the following resolution was adopted: 
Resolved, That any member of our body, who is in good standing in his 


church, visiting any sister association, is authorized to act as fraternal mes- 
senger from this body. 

On motion of C. R Roach, the following resolution was adopted: 

Resolved, That as 1892 is the one hundredth year since Cary preached the 
first Foreign Mission sermon, from Isaiah, xliv, 23: Expect great things from 
God; attempt great things for God; and on October 2, 1792, sixty-five dollars 
was raised; now, that October 2, 1 892, will be one hundred years since the first 
effort was made in that direction, and as the Baptists wish to commemorate 
that work, tney desire to place in the foreign fields one additional mission- 
ary for each year, and that we will do all we can to help this centenary under- 
taking by giving of oar means to foreign missions. 

On motion of W. R Ivey, the following resolution was adopted: 

Resolved. That the moderator of the association appoint a standing commit- 
tee of three on missionary work, whose doty it shall be to work np a greater 
interest among the churches on missions. 

The moderator appointed on said committee W. R Ivey, L. C Coulson and 
Virgil fiouldin. On motion of Virgil Bouldin, the following resolution was 

Resolved, That a committee on denominational education be added to the 
list ot standing committees, and that said committee to consist of three, to be 
appointed by the moderator. 

The moderator appointed on said committee Virgil Bouldin, C B. Roach 
and W. R Ivey. 

On motion of C. B. Roach, the following resolution was adopted: 

Resolved, That the moderator add to the standing committees one on queries » 
composed of three members. 

The moderator appointed on said committee C. R Roach, J. J. Bee son and 
Mike Hill. 

On motion of L. C. Ooulson, the following resolution was adopted: 

Resolved, That hereafter the chairmen of the several standing committees, on 
submission of their reports, shall open the discussion on such reports for thirty 
minutes, not longer, and shall have five minutes to close the discussion in 
if they desire. 

On motion of Mike Hill, the following resolution was adopted: 

Resolved, That all the ordained ministers of this association be, and are 
hereby required to make a written report each year, of the labor performed 
by each of them daring the year, and also a statement of the compensation re- 
ceived by them. 

On motion of J. J. Beeson, the following resolutions were adopted: 

1. Resolved, That the Tennessee River Association tender their thanks 
to the people of Cave Springs Church and vicinity for their generous hospi- 
tality daring our stay among them. 

2. That the clerk of this association have as many minutes printed as 
twenty-four dollars will pay for, and the remainder for mailing expenses. 

3. That we tender our thanks to the clerk and moderator for the able and 
efficient manner in which they discharged their duty as officers of this body. 

On motion of L. C. Coulson, supported by W. R Ivey, the following resolu- 
tion was adopted: 

Resolved, That this association do now adjourn, to meet with Bethel 


Church, Jackson county, Alabama, on Friday before 
October, 1892. 
The old familiar hymn 

the fourth Sunday in 

"How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, 
Is laid for yonr faith in His excellent word! 

•T ...... »„» j^u» >oi>.i in um cavciiciu wora: 

wnat more can he say than to yon he has said? 
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled." 
was sung and the parting hand given, after which the association was led in 
prayer by C. B, rioach. Benediction by the moderator, and the association 
stood adjourned sine die. # p. Brown, 

t n n ™ i_ Moderator. 

L. C. Coulson, Clerk/ 



Brown, Preston, Moderator, Hollywood, 
Coulson, L. C, Clerk, Scottsboro, Ala. 
Beeson, Jno, J., Pisgab, Ala. 
Bains, G. W., Fabius, Ala. 
- Crawford,' W. 1^ May nard's Cove, Ala. 
Clouae, J. A, Shellmound, Tenn. 
( hahdler, J. E, Stevenson, Ala. 
Collins, D. 8, Coffey's Store, Ala. 
Green, J. M, Scottsboro, Ala. 
, Howell, Crawford, Francisco, Ala. 
Howell, Ralph, Stevenson, Ala. 
Horton, Henry H-» Bridgeport, Ala. 
Higingbotham, M», Scottsboro, Ala. 
Honca, G. W., Garth, Ala. 
Hastings, G. M., Laikiueville. Ala. 
label], J. W., Lirarock. Ala. 

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Jsbe,ll, William, Limrock, Ala. 
Jacks, Wm, Estell's Fork, Ala. 
Jones, J. L., Paint Rock. Ala. 
Knight, J. L, Coffey's Store, Ala. 
Leak, M. A., Bridgeport, Ala. 
Langston, L. J., Long island, Ala. 
Mcdoud, James, Pisgah, Ala. 
Manning, P.G, Whiteside. Tenn. 
Morris, G. W„ Kirby's Creek' Ala. 
Pigg,W.A^ Paint Rock, Ala. 
Qnarles,T. L, Shellmound, Tenn. 
Roach, C. B n Fackler, Ala. 
Sloan, L. W., Paint Rock, Ala. 
Starkey,C.T, Pisgah, Ala. 
Smith, Cat, Scottsboro, Ala. 
Woodall, L. W., Gurley, Ala. 




Reports on Church Letters. 

Your committee on church letters submit the following as a con- 
densed statement, of the condition of the churches composing the 
Tennessee River Association of Missionary Baptists. 

Antioch.— This church has located in Hollywood, and is trying 
to build a. house of worship, and are succeeding remarkably wel?. 
Hollywood is a small town on the M. & C. Railroad, five miles 
northeast of Scottsboro. This church needs substantial encourage- 
ment in.her effort. She has now a membership of twenty-seven. This 
church sends fifty cents for minutes and $4.25 for ministerial edu- 

Beech Grove— Is one of the oldest churches in the association, 
and has a good member*hip-*-117v This church sends up> tor 


foreign missions $2.80, and $1.60 for minutes. She has not done 
what she could if she had used system in taking collections. This 
church ought to have a good, live Sunday-School. It is on the 
upper Paint Rock, one of the very best farming sections in the state. 

Bethel — Has a membership of 68, and paid $22.50 for pastor and 
for minutes $1.10. This is an old church and ought to lead in 
every good work. She sends nothing except as stated above. 

Centennial — Is a growing church with 68 members, but reports 
no progress for the past year, and sends only fifty-five cents for min- 
utes. Come brethren, wake up and "go forward." Let us have 
$30 next year. 

Cave Spring.— This church has only 38 members, and although 
the association met with this church, it could only raise $1.00 for 
minutes. On Sunday a collection was taken, and only $9.00 was 
raised for associational missions, and credit given the church for 
that amount. 

Charity.— This -church has a membership of 60; paid her pastor 
$36.00 for his work, and sent for minutes, $1.15. This church has 
• done better, I think, but has failed to make up her contributions. 

Cumberland Mountain — Is one of the old churches, with a mem- 
bership of 33, contributes to minutes seventy-five cents. During the 
past year she has been trying to improve her church house, but does 
not make any report Of what she has expended. 

Centebpoint — One of the charter churches of the association, has a 
membership of 54, and reports only $34.80 for all purposes. She 
ought to do better than this for the sake of her history, if for no 
other reason. 

Freedom-— I& another of the old churches, with 48 members. 
This church has declined for some cause, and reports $272.50 for all 
purposes; which is a very good showing, yet if her official mem- 
bers had taken a little trouble to make a full report the sum would 
have. been much larger. 

Friendship — With a membership of 82, one of the oldest churches 
in the association, and ought to be a leader, has done wel 1, contributed 
for all purposes $344.00, which is doing well for a country church 
with preaching once a month, 

Gurlkys.— A new church with 39 members, located in the thriv- 
ing town of that name, has been struggling to build themselves a 
good house, of worship, and has made her report $120.66 raised for 
other purposes, "£his church needs a little help from the State Mis- 
sionary Board. 

Harmony, — A comparatively new church on the head of Mud 
Creek, with a membership of 49; contributed for all purposes, $242. 
This is a good showing for her. 

Hale's Cove,— With 56 members, contributed for all purposes $4,85. 
It is hoped that her clerk will take a- little more care in keeping 
his accounts so that she may make a better showing hereafter. She 
is young. 

Harris' CHAPEL-i-Received into the association at this time, shows 
a membership of fourteen, and reports fifty cents. 

Jones'* Co*rE-"-Is a small church of 41 members, that has not been 



working as it ought for the past year, and was not represented in 
the/issociation, bat has since sent $1.00 for minuteg. 

Larkinsville. — A church on the M. & C. Railroad, with a member- 
ship of seventeen, and contributions of $3.50. This church has a hard 
time, as it is peculiarly situated among the Protestants. 

Mountain Grove. — This church has not been represented for 
several years, and now sends only seventy-five cents for minutes. 

Mi. Nebo. — This is one of the oldest churches in the association, 
with a mempershi|Wfif 67 ; ought to be the strongest for the mission. 
It reports $128.25 for all purposes. This is not such a showing as 
she ought to make or could make if only a little care was taken in 
in making reports of all the church has done. 

Mt.^Zion — Is>nother old church with 77 members, and contribu- 
ted formal I purposes, J76.85. This is quite an increase over the past. 
This church is located on Sand Mountain, and is destined in the 
near future to be a garuen section. It is a lovely section of the 
country,*and^only wants to be^developed. 

Mt. Pisg au— Is located on a high point on Sand Mountain, and has 
a membership of 133. This includes a mission station in the valley 
near! Old Bellefonte. This church contributed for all purposes, 
108.98. This came of systematic giving all through the year, and is 
a monument to the£Christian development of the membership. She 
has a good live Sunday-School. 

Mt. Ararat — Has a membership of 37. They contributed for all 
purposes, as per report, $3.60— another monument to carelessness. 
They did much better, but what they did was not carefully reported. 

Mt. Tabor — Is another of the Sand Mountain churches, and has a 
membership of 32, and contributed for all purposes, $9.00. 

McCoy's Grove. — This church is out of harmany with the associ- 
ation on account of the character of the man they have called to 
preach for them, and their letter and money returned to by order 
of the association. 

New Hope — Has a membership of 75, and contributed for all pur- 
poses, $226.50. It is one of the oldest churches in the bounds of the 
association, and ought to lead in all good work. 

Soottsboro — Has only 42 members and contributed for all church 
work, 560.43. This is the only church in the association that main- 
tains a real pastor, and has preaching every Sunday. She has a good 
Sunday-School and prayer meeting every week. 

Trenton — Has a membership of 55, but is not represented. 

Union — Has a membership of 27, but is not represented. 

Union Gbovk — Has 17 members, but not represented. 

Ebernezer — Has 42 members and is not represented. 

Tunnel Hill, Ga. — Has 35 members and sends a letter and $1.50 
for minutes. She ought to send delegates. 

Macedonia, Tenn. — Has 62 members ; is not represented in any 

Concluding, I want to say that if the churches desire good show- 
ings they roust have their clerks do better in getting up their reports. 
The churches ought to do more and take some business pride in 


church work. We are doing more than we ever did, if we could 
only see what was being done. Comparison would stimulate ; so 
let, every church be represented by delegates next year, and may 
God bless the work of tbe year. Submitted, 

L. C. Coulson, Clerk. 

Report on Assogiationax, Missions. 

When surveying the field covered by the Tennessee River Asso- 
ciation, with its rivers, creeks and rivulets, its mountains, hills and 
valleys, and its forty thousand peoples, of all shades, from pure 
white to the blackest African, we are made to exclaim : "How doth 
the goodness of God magnify, and His tender mercies fall in show* 
ers aroui d us." I* is true that we have only a part of this peopled 
feld hi cultivation; the larger part of it is growing up in noxious 
brambles. There is more than fifteen hundred square miles of ter-. 
ritory covered by this body, and yet not one half has preaching or 
Sunday-School work going" on within its bounds. The churches are 
not doing their whole duty, as it appears to your committee. We 
have thirtysone churches, with 1840 communicants and thirty-three 
preachers — ordained ministers — in this association, who preach, as a 
whole, about fifty»two sermons a year. Some of them do more and 
some less, in the Master's work. We can never utilize these forces 
until we go to work to encourage industry and thrift among our 
people, in all they engage in for a livelihood, and in elevating them 
to a higher plane of religious intelligence. We must give more at- 
tention to the education of the people in every way, that they may 
be better enabled to meet the arguments of the evil and skeptically 
disposed. We ought to be ever ready to give a reason for what we 
hold to be true, and as taught in God's Wotd. We, therefore, urge 
the prime importance of having preaching— or, rather, teaching, in 
our churches every Sunday, and, where there » a destitution in the 
vicinity of the church, fill that field by a minister of that church; 
or, if they have but one, then send him out ^occasionally, and con- 
duct the home church meeting by using the deacons. We further 
suggest that if the churches have any young men in them who can 
pray in public, and talk a word for Christ, that they be utilized and 
given mission work to help out. We further suggest that by this 
course we can cultivate this field better, and thus grow stronger and 
more helpful to the eause. We sometimes go a long way back iu 
our christian life-work, when we are without work, and thereby lose 
much of the grace that should adorn the daily lite and deportment 
of the soldiers of the Cross. We state, further, that life is too 
short for idling and rusting. If we would be bright and joyous, we 
must "rub or rust." Some one may croak at what we have said and 
suggested ; but, concluding, let us say, that we can not afford to re- 
main longer in the ruts, but must get out on the high road, and 




move out in a way that wHI convince the peoples that to be a christ- 
ian is to live. 

May the God of the universe, who holds the worlds in the hollow 
of his hand, who rides the storm, and who adjusts all things to the 
music of his own glory, direct and guide by his spirit all of us into 
broader fields of usefulness and happiness in this life, and joy in un- 
ending bliss. Thomas Davis, 


Report on State Missions. 

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The command of our Savior, to preach the Gospel to every creat* 
are, is as binding now as the day when he issued it ; and, inasmuch 
as there are many in our own state who do not hear the Gospel 
preached, it becomes our duty to preach it to them. This we can do 
by every one giving something to our secretary, Bro. Grumpton, for 
this purpose. He is doing all he can with the limited contributions 
he receives. It becomes our doty, brethren, to see that the feeble 
churches in our own county and state be supplied with faithful men 
of God, who will preach Christ's Gospel to all who can be influenced 
to attend ; and that good preachers be sent to, and aided in preach- 
ing in the towns and portions of bur state which are destitute of the 
ministry of Our denomination. 

' Now, brethren, there are many growing towns in our own Ala* 
bama where there are a few poor Baptists, who are unable to build 
houses of worship, or to sustain a preacher, unaided. Surely, we 
ought to help all such. We, each one of us, could do something, 
and a little from every Baptist in Alabama would not only enable 
Our feeble churches in the towns and country, in our state, to build 
or finish their •houses of worship, and support their pastors, but 
would enable our board to supply all the destitute towns and places 
Jn the country with regular preaching. 

"'The greater need is to build aud support the ministry. We have 
the faithful men of God to occupy every place of destitution, if 
their hands were only loosed from secular callings. Let us, dear 
brethren, do our. duty in this respect, and God will surely bless us, 
and bless His Word to the salvation of many precious souls; and in 
a few yeafs ti ere will be strong and able churches in all our towns 
and country; who will contribute to send the Gospel to the regions 
beyond. Wc ought to by all means help the little church at Bridge- 
port. The p^.ce will soon be a city of many inhabitants, and now 
is our- opportunity to help the brethren- there. One dollar now will 
do more, dou» Hess, than two will after a while. 

Brethren of Tennessee River Association, let us help Bridgeport 
to build her c' urch house, and support her pastor, until she can do 
for herself j 1 a d now is the golden opportunity. You did well, in* 


deed, in giving to the Scottsboro College and Normal School ;' and 
that institution will be your friend for years to come. Now, let us 
help our church at Bridgeport and it will be a monument to oar 
cause, and a just source of pride and satisfaction to every one who 
helps, as well as a great power in the land for good. There are other 
weak churches and places in our county needing help, viz: Steven- 
son, Hollywood, Larkinsville, Paint Rock and Guriey's, Ho you 
see, brethren, there is great need for contributions to state missions 
in our own bounds, as well as the other places in the state; and while 
there are so many places needing help, a little from the poor and 
more from the wealthier, would be sufficient, in a few years, to plant 
a good working church, by the blessing of our Heavenly Father, in 
all the places of distitution in Alabama. 
May Qod help us to do our duty now, tor Christ's sake, Amen. 

J. J. Beeson, Chairman. 

Report on Home Missions. 

There is a constant demand upon the Home Mission Roard to ins 
Crease its work. The members of that board being possessed with 
the spirit of Christ, and having the territory of the Southern Bap*, 
tist Convention given into their hands to take for the Master, and, 
seeing the grea£ destitution, and hearing the constant cry for help 
from those who are suffering for the water of life, they are forced to 
listen, with faith in God and the brethren. During the last year 
they have enlarged their work, as follows : The number of workers 
this year is 406; last year, 371; increase, 35. Result of work done 
ov the missionaries ; Baptized this year, 5,349; last year, 4,477; in* 
crease, 872. Total additions to mission churches last year, 8,098; 
this year, 9,987; increase, 1,889. Churches constituted last year, 
267; this year, 344; increase, 77. SundaysSchools organised last 
year, 336; this year, 434; increase, 88. Houses of worship built 
last year, 84; this year, 143; increase, 59,. The sum expended in 
building churches last year was $37,324.85; this year, $60,473.00; 
increase, $23,148.15. Amount raised and expended on field for 
work, $72,741.57. Total amount raised and pnid out by the Board 
for houses or worship and mission work, $133,205.19. 

"Our Home Field," a monthly paper published by our Home 
Mission Board, has proven to be a successful medium in bringing 
our brethren into sympathy an 1 co-operation with the work of our 
Home Board. It should be well circulated in every church. We 
will not attempt to make a full report by specifying the peculiar 
needs of the different states and territories of our Home Board, but 
suffice it to say, that the eye of the world is looking at, and her 
population is flocking into this territory (over which the board has 
been appointed) to gather from her rough, rugged mountains the 


precious treasures stored away by nature, and concealed through 
the ages from ou fathers, waiting, it seems, for the favored age in 
which we live; ad the business world is taking advantage of this 
material development, which is bringing upon us grave responsibil- 
ities in our relig ; us work, Our business men are using the successes 
of the past as p. pping-stones to greater work in the future, and as 
this mixed population is packinsr into our cities, towns and villages, 
we are either to meet them with the Gospel and lift them up, and 
glorify God, or e e they will drag down into superstition and ignor- 
ance those for v >m we have labored, and prayed, and hoped, e?en 
some who are de irest to us. May the demands ever find us ready 
to say: "Here ai I, Lord ; send me, use me. and glorifv thy name, 
until this wicked orld shall turn from its present course, and sound 
the cry until it s mil be re-echoed from sea to sea, and from the 
riven to the en s of the earth, that 'the Lord God Omnipotent 
reigneth,'" W. R. Ivey, Chairman. 


Beport on Foreign Missions. 

- Dear Brethren : I see by reference to the minutes, it was made 
my duty to prepare the report on Foreign Mission; which I assure 
vou would be an exceedingly agreeable task if I thought I could do 
it in a manner its great importance demands. So much has been 
written on this subject that I can scarcely hope to say anything new, 
or more attractive or convincing. I, however, find some solace, some 
encouragement, in Lhat authoritative declaration : "I write unto you 
not because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that 
no lie is of thetruth," and that other equally authoritative utterance, 
"I think it meet to stir you up by putting you in remembrance, 
that ye may be able now to have these things in rememberance." 
Brethren, we have not, nor are we now, following cunningly devised 
fables when we make known his will to you on this snbject, who 
has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light, in order 
that you might show forth his praises, adore his doctrine and hold 
forth his word of life to the perishing millions of earth for whom 
he died. It isar awakening which the people of God pa 'this asso- 
ciation need. As regards this duty, I know of no better way than 
by referring you to the will and word of him who hath said, "A 
short work will I make on the earth," and will in a short time finish 
his work in righteousness, when he shall deliver up the kingdom to 
God even the Father; and also reference to the unparalleled success 
which attend the work of God's servants in foreign fields, demon- 
strating, if a thing was ever demonstrated, that the Gospel is the 
power of God unto salvation among the heathens, as in home fields. 
"AH power in heaven and in earth has been given into my hand," 
says Jusus. Therefore, "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gos- 
pel to every creature," is but an enlargement of everything said pre- 
vious on this line of church work. That was the clarion note sum- 



moning God's hosts of that day to the conquest of the world. Instant- 
ly springing into line, fully aroused, they went forth to the field 
heart in heart and shoulder to shoulder,and in less, perhaps, than a cen- 
tury, the inspiring anthem peeled forth : "The good news has been car- 
riedto every nation under heaven," when, as if its very core had been 
eaten out by some unseen canker, Jewish ecclesiasticism falls away, 
Jerusalem is in heaps," the gateway to the nations is flung wide 
open and the Gospel news flies every way upon the hitherto impris- 
oned wind. O, what a success in so short a time is chronicled here ! 
and we who are living in time of the need, acting under the same 
authoritv and leadership, with energies stiffened by the same inspire^ 
tion, with hearts warmed by the same fires, with souls pierced and 
thrilled by that presage full note, uttered as prophecy by our Lord 
himself : "This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the 
world for a witness to all nations during the time of the seed," are vig- 
orously sending our long imprisoned energies and activities throbbing 
and bounding along the same line, "a waking the echoes of expired cen- 
turies in the verv heart of the Oriental population, and pouring, it is 
true, with yet stinted hands, the silvery strains of the Gospel 
along the newly opened thoroughfares and avenues of Occidental 
civilization, moulding and shaping them to the new rule : "Do unto 
others as you would have them do unto you." Now what we pro- 
pose is a cursory glance at this wonderful record, in which we shall 
find much to cause rejoicing and much to sadden ; but allow me to say 
that much of the cause for that sadness is given by us at home, all 
blest with means and some even reveling in luxury. Let us call 
attention to the operations of our missionaries in different foreign 
fields, then we may judge whether showings made have justified 
past sacrifices and expenditures, or even invite to greater sacrifices 
and larger expenditures for the time to come. In glancing at reports 
from Italian fields, we learn from Drs. Taylor and Eager that in 
the larger cities there is perfect toleration, if not liberty, and in 
some regions there is not lacking on the part of a goodly number, a 
certain sympathy for evangelical views, and that a great deal of seed 
sowing- is being done from which we may expect a good harvest by 
colporteurs and evangelists ; but, says Dr. Taylor, "It is my duty to 
say that our brethren of other denominations, with a teaching less 
scriptural than our own, are rapidly pressing forward their opera- 
tions in the Peninsula, lavish of means and men, and it behooves 
us to be alert and let no man take our crown." From the South 
American field Dr % Bagley reports : "God has blessed us this year 
With perfect religious liberty. The Gospel is untrammelled .in this 
vast republic. Other denominations are reinforcing their missions. 
The Methodists and Presbyterians have sixty missions to our seven. 
They have native workers, fine churches and school houses, and 
every appliance for their work. We are losing immensely every 
day by lack of means and men and buildings. If we are not speedily 
re-inforced onlv eternity shall reveal our loss." In our sister re- 
public, Mexico, Dr. Powell reports : Churches organized, 24 \ 
baptisms, 105 ; present membership, 742 ; school houses, 4, with 157 
students. "I have," he says, "never seen such fine prospects, Hope 


to organize five new churches, each with a large membership, within 
the next three months. I have never seen such a demand for the 
Scriptures. Of the $112.00 raised by our church this year, nearlv the 
whole amount was given by native Christians, 77 in number, about 
$1.45 per capita.'' Should this not shame us? From the Japan field 
which has been but recently occupied, Brother McCollum says : 
"Our work here is moving along in the right way. We beg for one 
thousand dollars to build a church here, that is at Osaka, a city of 
400,000 inhabitants. Our people will do all they can, but they are 
very poor." Should we not help to meet that urgent demand? The 
hews from the Dark Continent is cheering, everything considered. 
The news from China is encouraging indeed when we consider the. 
difficulties that lie in the way of inducing Chinamen to accept any- 
thing except the teachings of the great Confucius, held in idolizing 
memory. But perhaps I can not do better than to quote the words 
of Mm. M. F. Crawford in regard to the religious condition of 
the Province of Shentung. That province is said to contain thirty- 
six millions of souls, among whom are eleven Southern Baptists 
trying to point them to the Savior. The doors are wide open all 
around us, the people are cordially welcoming us to their to wnsi 
villages and houses. Not many of them are crying for the bread of 
life, for they know not of its existence ; but should not their desti- 
tution appeal to us the more strongly on this account? When we re- 
member our Lord's last command to his deciples: "Go ye into all the 
world and preach the Gospel to every creature," how can we allow 
the ages to pass on, keep our God-called men at home, while we set 
in^listless indifference, spending millions of money upon useless lux- 
uries. Men of God, brethren, let us devote our prayers and our 
money to this cause as we ought, but have never done; then will we 
understand and better appreciate more of that Scripture : Looking 
for, and hasting unto, the coming of the day of God. wherein the 
heavens being on fire shall be dissolved and the elements melt with 

fervent heat. 

C. B. Roach, Chairman. 


Report on Temperance. 

Your Committee on Temperance begs leave to say : That we look 
upon intemperance in the use of intoxicating drinks as the greatest 
enemy to the human family and a hindrance to the cause of Christ ; 
that all of us should use our best efforts to remove it; that it sends 
its thousands into eternity unprepared, and as dram-drinking makes 
drunkards, and as we are told in the Word of God that no drunkard 
shall inherit his kingdom, we should be very careful hot to put the 
bottle to our neighbors' mouths. We earnestly beg our brethren to 
abstain from its use. Let us not drink it my brethren, as our ex- 
ample in doing so might be the ruin of some one, both in time and 
eternity. We further give it as our opinion that, should a member 
of the church persist in drinking, making, selling, signing petitions, 
Or otherwise engaging in the traffic, that it is the duty of the church 
to withdraw fellowship from such members. We further believe 
that it is the duty of a Christian to oppose whisky in every way possi- 


ble ; to preach, work, vote, and last bat not least, to pray and live 
against it Respectfully submitted, 

Milton Roach, Chairman. 

Resolved, That we will drop from the roll on our minutes the 
name of any preacher who advocates the making, selling, giving or 
using as a beverage, any vinous or intoxicating drinks, or who signs a 
recommendation of a saloonist, as we regard the influence of such a 
minister as hurtful to morals and religion. Respectfully submitted. 


Report op Special Committee on Denominational Education. 

We, your Committee on Denominational Education, beg lea veto re- 
port as follows : We note with interest, and recognize as one of the 
hopeful signs of our times the general awakening and wide spread 
interest that is manifested upon the subject of education. We doubt 
if there ever has, been a time when there was so much eagerness for 
knowledge, and when thinkers in every department in life were 
pushing their inquiries with such zeal and ability. Education is be- 
coming to be regarded rather as a necessity in the development of good 
citizenship than as an accomplishment Or luxury for the wealthy alone. 
We further note with solicitude the fact that mental training, sepa 
rate and distinct from moral discipline has been and is bearing a 
harvest of evils startling in proportion and the most subtile and diffi- 
cult to overcome. We are of the opinion that no system of education 
should be fostered or supported, when the cultivation of the heart, 
formation of correct habits, the upbuilding, of noble character is 
not coupled with the development of the intellectual faculties. 
There is, in our opinion, a tendency toward the restriction of learn- 
ing in public or state schools to purely intellectual development. 
From the nature of such a school and the legal and constitutional re- 
straint that govern them, there can not be the fullest freedom which 
ought to be allowed in moral discipline of the young. The only 
remedy known to me is the building and maintaining of a denom- 
inational school under the management and backed by the sym- 
pathy and support of some religious denomination. We point with 
pride to the fact that the Tennessee River Baptist Asociation has 
caught the spirit of the times, and with a zeal for the cause of Christ 
unequaled among our peoph;, have undertaken and carried on to 
completion the establishment of the Scottsboro College and Normal 
School as a Baptist institution of learning. By the arrangement 
-which has been perfected the college building and grounds, worth 
at least $20,000, is deeded to IJaptist trustees for the use of the Mis- 
sionary Baptist Church of white people in.the State of Alabama. The 
col lege is ours, with whatever of pride we mav have; that by the provi- 
dence of God it is ours, comes the greater responsibility of its main- 
tenance. Being ours, we are pledged to its support. There is at 
present an enrollment of 254 pupils in attendance, with a constant 
increase. Besides the sum of about $7,500 raised for this college, in 
subscription, we note that the sum of $227.00 has been subscribed to 
the Howard College. Tn conclusion, we would recommend to the 

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r r arches a constant and zealous support of our college, which is the 
p >de of our county, and under the blessing of God should be a power 
in the land for good. Virgil Bouldin, Chairman. 

Report on Ministerial Education. 

Civilization is trie outgrowth of society, and good society is the 
c ncentration of cultivated and refined intelligence. The degree 
of excellence of society in the thought world depends on mental 
culture; the degree of purity, upon heart culture. For profound 
thought, though shadowed by superstitions, the Ancient and Middle 
Ages produced master minds whose impress is more or less fixed 
upon modern philosophy. The civilizations of the past were the 
products ot ancient schools of philosophy. These civilizations 
however, contained within themselves the elements of their own de* 
struction. Each ancient system had a central thought and the ac- 
complishment of a single purpose, thus failing to touch but one per- 
son in the human trinity. The Chinese central idea was a knowl- 
edge of, and allegiance to, the traditions and teachings of a human 
ancestry, made divine by a false religion ; the Hindoos, the rever- 
ence of caste ; the Israelites, the letter of the law, without its spirit; 
the Egyptians, submission to the priesthood; the Spartans, prepar- 
ations for war; the Athenians, the cultivation of the sesthetic uat- 
ure ; and the Romans, physical strength and mental independence, 
but moral weakness and licentious slavery. It has been left to the 
Anglo-Saxon family, persecuted, and exiled from native soil, nour- 
ished by American "independence, political freedom and religious 
liberty, to show to the world that the true education must and does 
develop body, mind, and soul. The true education would supplant 
the effeminacy of Athens with the strength of Sparta; the castes 
of Persia with the brotherhood of man ; the idolatry of Egypt with 
the fatherhood of God. The wealth of a nation is not in its mate- 
rial resources; but in the muscle, brains and morals of its people. 
Inveighing as we do against the union of church and state, profess- 
ing as we do allegiance to a government whose strength is its christ- 
ian civilization, we would be untrue to our interest and^ principle 
were we to countenance any other than a christian education by the 
c^ arch, and an ethical education by the state. 

The Church ot Christ will do far more for the spread of true res 
ligion, the life of Jesrfs Christ in proportion, as more attention is 
g ! /en to the spirit of Christianity, and less to controversial theology. 
I u should be a source of congratulation to Hie Baptists of the Ten* 
i jssee River Association that they have the means of a christian ed- 
\ cation by and through their own people. The Scottsbpro Normal 
College is 8 dedication of the Baptists aided by friends of this asso- 
c' .tion, to the noble cause of physical, mental and spiritual man 
and womanhood. This institution is not an apparent shifting cir- 


cumstance — it is a living reality. This institution exemplifies the 
loftiest ideal of human excellence, the symmetrical development of 
manhood and womanhood. It merits the financial and moral sup- 
port of all Baptists, and is worthy the patronage of any who seek 
to approximate the ideal in education. 

And now, in order to give an emphasis to our desire to foster and 
advance the cause of higher christian education, we recommend the 
following resolution : 

Resolved, That this body do now raise, by voluntary contribu- 
tions and pledges, the sura of one hundred dollars to aid the cause 
of ministerial education, and that the same be placed in the hands 
of W. R. Ivey, Financial Agent of Scottsboro Normal College, to 
be used by him in assisting young ministers to educate themselves. 
Respectfully submitted by 

L. C. Coulson, Clerk, 
In absence of report of regular committee. 
(The $100.00 was raised in a very few minutes. — Clerk.) 

Repobt of the Committee on Sunday-Schools. 

We, your Committee on Sabbath-Schools, beg leave to make this, 
our report: 

,We believe it is the intention of all well-organized Sabbath 
Schools'to advance the morals and intelligence of al' who patronize 
them. In order to do this, it is well to have the material whose 
morals and intellects we desire to improve properly trained by the 
parents, from an early age, even in infancy. We believe many 
mistakes are made by parents in the early training of their own 
children. We believe that parents should, with the mildest possible 
firmness, use such power of control as will be effectual in obtaining 
the obelience of their own children, but in such manner as will 
convince the young mind that, this power of control is used by pai> 
ents as their indispensible duty, and at the same time show such 
kindness and affection to the child as will be sufficient to cause the 
child to obey the parent, not from fear of abuse, but fear to incur 
the displeasure of the parents. We believe that children raised in 
this way are fit subjects, not to be sent to SabbathsSchools, but to 
go with their parents to Sunday-School ; and such children, who at- 
tend a regular, well-organized" Sabbath^School, will not generally 
get a boardingshouso in the penitentiary, or other place of punish- 
ment fixed by our laws, but in our opinion, will be fit subjects to 
advance the morals and good society of the neighborhood in which 
they aiay happen to live, and is often one of the means of their 
trusting our Savior, and being finally saved. 

R. A Coffey, Chairman. 



Report of the Committee on Woman's Work. 

During the Association last year a Committee on Woman x s Work 
was appointed by order of the Association, for the purpose of in*- , 
ducing the female members to engage in the work of organizing the 
women in each church into societies to aid in raising money in aid 
of the various mission works being prosecuted by our peoples. The 
writer of this report and chairman of the committee, together with 
the other members, Miss Susie Wood and Mrs. Alabama Dicus, pro* 
ceeded in due time to make an effort to organize the work in 
each church in the Association. To this end they had printed cir- 
cular letters, and sent them out to vhe churches, urging the great 
necessity of this work. The Scottsboro Church was the only one 
they succeeded in getting to work. For about four months this aid* 
society of this church did handsomely; but Miss Wood went to* 
Tennessee, Mrs. Dicus was taken sick and died, and Mrs. Padget 
moved to Bridgeport, leaving the chairman the only one to carry on 
the work. During the time our society was in working order we 
raised and* sent to the State Ladies' Aid Society $14.93, showing 
that if we could have pressed this work in all the churches, and our 
sisters had gone to work, as hoped and confidently expected they 
would do, we could have accomplished a great deal in the way of 
raising money. We want, more than all else, to make this movement 
a success, the aid of our brethren, and especially that of the pastors 
of the churches. We are not disposed to give up the work, out will 
make another effort if you, Brother Moderator, deem it proper to 
appoint another committee on woman's work. 

We can not conclude our report until we hare said, of our Sister 
Dicus, that she was a most zealous worker in the cause, and that 
while our loss is her gain, yet we sadly miss her, not only as one of 
our aids in this work, but as a sweet-tempered christian womau, we 
feel her loss most keenly. Let us work and pray until we shall have 
accomplished all the work given us. P. C. Coulson, 


Report of Committee on Ftnance. 

Your Committee on Finance submits the following report : That 
we have received from the churches the following sums for minutes, 
and have turned over the same to the clerk of the association. 

Antioch, 50c ; Beech Grove, $1.60; Bethel, $1.10; Centennial, 25c. ; 
Cave Spring, $1.00; Charity, $1.15; Cumberland Mountain, 75c ; 
Center Point, $1.30; Freedom, $2.50; Friendship, $1.50 ; Gurley $1.50 ; 
Harmony, $1.20 ; Hale's Cove, 88c ; Harris* Chapel, 50c ; Jones' Cove, 
$1.00; Larkinsvi lie, $1.00; Mountain Grove, 75c; Mt. Nebo, 2.00; 

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Mt. Zion, $1.30; Mt, Pisgah, $2.00 ; Mt. Ararat, 60c ; Mt. Tabor, $1.00; 
New Hope, $1.50 ; Scottsboro, $2,50; Tunnel Hill, $1.50. Total, $31.68. 
Respectfully submitted. A. P, Womack, Chairman. 

Roport on Periodicals. 
We your Committee on periodicals beg leave to submit the follow- 
ing report : We recommend, as Baptists, our people ought, first of all, 
to read and study the Word of God, as we are to give the open Bible 
to the world. In the second place, we recommend the Alabama 
Baptist, published at Montgomery. Alabama, as a paper that ought 
to be taken and read by every Baptist in this association and in the 
state, and in the third place we recommend the Kind Words Series, 
of the Southern Baptist Convention, published*at Nashville, Ten- 
nessee,* for 4 our;Sunday Schools. Respectfully submitted, 

W. R. Ivjsy, Chairman. 


Report of Committee on OBrrtrARiES. 

We beg to submit the following : That sinceourlast "meeting 
twenty-one;members of the church have died. This reminds us that 
we who are soon to follow should be up and doing while we have the 
privilege to work for the Master. Our opportunities, like theirs, will 
end ; so let us woik while we have life, for no one can work after 
death. We offer our sorrow and our'sympathy'to the bereaved. 
We sorrow not for them as those who have no hope, for they are 
given their reward. Wefgive the names'of the dead as far as we 
were able to get them, and the church to which thev belonged : 
Mt. Pisgah, G.fW. AmbrHstor and Richard Marshall; Beech 
Grove, Rev. S, Kennedy and J. P. Graham ; Cumberland Moun- 
tain, Louisa Sanders ; Mt. Tabor, Maria Caperton, Stockly Todd, 
Mary E. Leak, and Phoebe Hunter; 'Friendship, fLucinda Fralv, 
Eliza Gladden, andH. Robertson; Center Point, Alabama Dicus; 
Centennial, A.J. Roberts" and Adam James ; Tunnel Hill, one 
dead, name not given ; New Hope, Rutha Knight and Judy Gen- 
try ; Mt. Nebo, two deaths, names not given ; Union Grove, Rev. R. 
Gist. Respectfully submitted, C, Howell, Chairman. 

Note — Is it not possible that the church clerks will in future 
give the names of their dead. Come, do this, please. Clerk, 



Annual Report of the Treasuri « or the Tennessee River 

Associatk v. 

The undersigned submits the folio v ing as his report. 

Dei? t. 

To ballanee on hand Oct. 6, 1890, $47 60 

To amount received from Thonvts Howell, 1 00 

" " " Goods* >n Carlton 100 

" " " J. W. Korex, 2 00 

" " " Maggie Rorex, 100 

" * « Friendship Church, 24 90 

« « f P. Brown, . 6 00 

" « " Pis? ah Church, 12 62 

« " « Gufle , Church 3 21 

" "'■ " Mt. Ararat Church, 3 00 

« " " Beech Grovo Church, 2 80 

« " " MtNt bo Church, 12 00 

** « " Ilarmmonv Church , 8 00 

" « « Freedom Church, 5 00 

« " " W. B. Crumpton 4 00 

« " " Collection on Sunday, 9 00 

Total, $142 43 


Oct. 17, 1890 Amount sent W. B. Campbell, $30 60 

Oct. 25, 1890 " " G. W. El' ; s, 17 00 

Junt29, 1891 •< " W. B. Cnvipton, 2 00 

Oct. 26, 1891 • Paid C. B. Roa h, 14 50 

Oct. 26, 1891 " " P. Brown 14 50 

Oct. 27, 1891 " " W. B. Cru jipton, 63 83 $142 43 

Respectfully submmitted. Milton Roach, Treasurer. 

Note. "Wlr is it the clerks of the churches neglect to report to the 
treasurer their collections? Let us do better next year. Clerk. 


Officers of Association, 1 

Executive Board 1 

Order of Business -, 2 

Standing Committees 2 

Introductory Sermon 3 

Call to Order 4 

Call for Reading Letters, etc , 4 

Delegates by Churches 4 

Election of Officers, Corresponding Delegates *. 5 

Invitation to Visitors to seats : 5 

Committee on Religious Services I 5 

" " Finance 5 

* •' Periodicals 5 

" " Obituaries 5 

" " Denominational Education 6 

Standing Committees 5 

Place of Meeting 6 

"Who to Preach Sermon 6 

Report on Associational Letters % . . . . g 

Associational Missions 6 

State Missions, Home Missions 6 

Foreign Missions, Temperance ; 6 

Ministerial Education 7 

Sunday School 8 

Women's Work .,. 8 

Education Special Committee 7 

Preaching Sundays g£7 

Special Meeting Sunday, 3. P. M 7 

Delegate to Southern Baptist Convention 8 

Delegates to State Convention g 

Resolutions 8 and 9 

Adjournment jq 

Ordained Ministers 10 

Appendix A 10 

Appendix B 13 

Appendix C 14 

Appendix D* 1° 

Appendix E 1J 

Appendix F ^ 

Appendix G J* 

Appendix H £> 

Appendix I • ~£ 

Appendix J f 

Appendix K J* 

Appendix L *X 

Appendix M £? 

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Ministerial Education. 

Pastors' Salary. 


Repairs of Churches. 

Va !ue of Churches. 









Statistics of tlie Tennessee River Association, 1891. 







Beech Grove 



Cave Spring....... 


Cumberland Mt'n. 

Center Point 





Hales Cove 

Harris' Chapel 

Jones' Cove . ... 


Mountain Grove.. 

Mt Nebo 

Mt. Zion 

Mt. Pisgah 

Bit. Ararat 

Mt. Tabor 

McCoy's Grove 

New Hope. 




Union Grove 


Tunnel Hill 


Jackson, Ala. 





C. B Roach,... 

D. S. Collins, . . 

R. Howell, 

R. Howell, 

1L. J. Parker,. . 
D. 8. Collins,.. 
C. B. Roach,... 
W. R. Ivey,... 
J. J. Beeson,... 

P. Brown, 

W. L.Crnwford 
L. J. Langston, 
C.T. Starker,.. 
P. Brown- 

Dade, Ga. 
Marion, Tenn. 

W. L.Cra wford, 
J. J. Beeson,. . 
Miller Isbell,. 

D. 8. Collins,.. 
Catt. Smith... 

P.G. Maning, 

J. F.McCarroll 
G. W. Duncan, 
J. K.Hammons, 
J. C. Knight,.. 
H.A. Cagle,... 
John Sanders,. 
W. O. Thorp,. . 
J. T. Hinshaw, 
.Ino.G. Sanders, 

J. L. Jones, 

S. P. Gandston, 
W. B. Wheeler, 
E. F. Rice, 

Thomas Davis, 
C. B. Flowers,. 
W. D. Rorex,. . 
J. P. Barclay,.. 
E. L. Evans,. . . 

J. F. Terry.. . . 
Virgil Bouldin 

J. A. Clouse,. 


Francisco, tt 
Hollywood, « 
Coffeys St'r «* 
Coffeys St'r «* 
New Market, 
Alto, a 

Scottsboro. * 
Fackler, tt 
Gurley, * 
Kyles, " 

Paint Rock,* 
Long Island," 
Pisgah, « 

Holly Tree, « 
Kirbys Creek, 
Pisgah, *■ 
Limrock, * 
Fabius, ■ 

Coffey* St'r " 
Scottsboro. " 

Coal City, Ga. 








































W. O. Thorp, 
J. B. Campbell, 

W. T. Roberts, 

W. P. Culver, 

J. T. Richards, 
J.H. Fuller. 

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"The churches marked thus, • are as to membership shown by last report. Total membership of last report 1711. Four churches dropped and deducted leaves 1440, correct mem- 
bership last year, this year 1524— being a gain of 84— so far as the reports of churches show. Fourteen of those baptised were from Sunday Schools.